In a new study titled Church Refugees, sociologists Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope shared their insights resulting from over 100 interviews with people who said they are done with church. This group of people is referred to as the “Dones”. The Dones felt frustrated and held back in church. These are four reasons they left:
1. They wanted community
2. They wanted to affect the life of the church but encountered bureaucracy
3. They wanted a conversation but got lectures
4. They wanted meaningful engagement with the world.
On a blog post on HolySoup.com by Tom Schultz titled, “The Rise of the Dones,” many people who self-identified with the term “done” described how they were doing more in ministry after having left the church. The bureaucracy they encountered in the church no longer encumbers them. Due to the great response to this article, the website TheDones.com was created to provide a safe place to find support as well as community.
If you're reading this and you're a “Done”, please know you're not alone. Be encouraged that God is doing amazing things outside the four walls of the church. Amazing things are possible in your life today. I ask that you seek to follow your passion! Take time to enter the Stillness and Silence, absent from space and time, to learn from your Self. There are many wonderful and good works to do in our world that is growing in fear and appearing to lack so many vital things. Let’s do those things we feel in our heart to do. And, in so doing, let us build a community of like-minded folk desiring to follow the guidance that comes from within, the Divine Source.